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MADC Trying to Branch Out

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The Minot Area Development Corporation's task of luring business to the Magic City has been pretty successful as of late.

Energy businesses have been flocking to western and central North Dakota...with many establishing roots in Minot.

But energy isn't all the MADC wants to be about.

Perry Olson with more on that.

Minot's energy park -- just east of town -- has filled up nicely...with energy related business flocking to the region. The Bakken can be thanked for that...

(Jerry Chavez - MADC President) "This is international attention. It is not uncommon for us to have a group from Saudi Arabia or Germany or there is a group from France coming in at the end of this week."

But the Minot Area Development Corporation isn't just gunning for energy business...branching out is the ultimate goal...

(Jerry Chavez - MADC President) "So diversification still is a strong focus for us -- business attraction. Whether it is petroleum, value added Ag...and I think in the future manufacturing."

Chavez says the Bakken has allowed MADC through doors that perhaps would have been closed without it. North Dakota is a preferred location now for business...and they want to take advantage of that -- bringing in all sorts of business...

(Jerry Chavez - MADC President) "We know the types of companies that we want to attract to Minot so we build a product for them. At the end of the day that product gives them a competitive edge."

Places like the Port of North Dakota -- and expansions to the park east of Minot...tools that can be used to try and lure even more business to the Magic City...

(Jerry Chavez - MADC President) "The role of economic development is not to just be status quo. We always have to be thinking about where the next opportunity is and what does business need from a community."

Those needs, Chavez says, include affordable housing...entry level homes...assets for the city that can bring families in, improving quality of life. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

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